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Gillibrand is already moving to the left. Dude, NEVER assume that a Representative votes their heart. More than Senators, Reps have to vote their district. Like many of Obama's choices, Gillibrand sounds like someone who can move the ball forward. Liberals who can get elected from conservative districts usually can.

With House members, voting records don't really tell you who these people are. She also sounds like she's independent of the state Democratic machine, and as a non-New Yorker that thrills me to death as the state party folks are totally pwned by Wall Street.

Since Reagan's election in '80, progressives have had to adapt or become irrelevant. As the nation swings from right to left, successful adapters will spearhead the movement.

Gillibrand is not a Lieberman, and will -- I'm sure -- be a great Senator.

The lesson of Obama is to ignore the labels and pick people based on their 1) strengths, and 2) willingness to subordinate their agenda to Obama's.

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